Take a Taxi to Southern Bus Terminal (about 25 km from Bangkok city center, cost $110-$160 B). Take Bus #78, $64 B. The trip takes about 2 hours. Get off at Damnern Saduak. Do not get suck in by the boat tour operator at the bus station. They want "Standard" price of $1000 B for one hour long tail boat tour. Instead, walk outside the parking lot and turn left to town. A short 10 - 15 minutes walk and you will arrive at the bridge over looking the floating market. You can then hire a non-motor boat tour for $100 - $200 B at the floating market.
We booked a day tour from the tour operator adjoining our hotel, choosing the full day tour which featured the Damneun Floating Market and several other attractions. We had 19 in our group and the tour bus arrived at 7:15am, very early for some but we were lucky as breakfast was available from 6am. The early start is to beat the traffic and get to the markets early as it is a morning market.Our trip took approximately 2 hours including a stop at a craft market.
The bus does not go direct to the floating market but stops several kilometres away, where you are transferred onto longboats (8 passengers) and you are then taken for a very fast ride along the canals getting a good view of canal life, typical Thai homes, an elephant relaxing in a field and after 10 minutes you suddendly come upon the colourful and congested floating market. Our longboat was not allowed into the market and we alighted at the wharf and walked around viewing the various boats displaying their goods. The floating market boats mostly sold food, usually fruit , vegetables etc, however on land there were many stalls selling everything from silk to keyrings.
You can take a boatride in small rowboats where you will be taken in amongs the market boats and can actually pull alongside and make a purchase. I had previously visited the market in 1977, it was much the same , but less commercial. I enjoyed this vist and would go again.
Our day tour included lunch, and a visit to the Crocodile Farm and Elephant Show, both of which are well worth seeing. The cost of our day tour to all these places was 900 baht, approx Au $31.
To go to the floating market you have to wake up very early since the market closes about mid-day. In our case we left our hotel around 7 am for the two-hour drive to the market.
Along the way we stopped at a rest stop, the orchid farm, which was already full of tourists (tourist trap?). The 15-minute stop allowed us to browse the stalls selling local handicrafts and souvenirs. They also took our pictures candidly and tried to sell them when we were about to leave.
From the rest stop, it was another 30-minute drive to the boat ride to the market. We then boarded a motorized boat to go to the real market. The ride was thrilling and it was interesting to see friendly locals engaging in their various activities. After about 30 minutes, we arrived at the floating market.
The market was full of sellers, selling everything from fruit, noodles, everyday necessities, to souvenirs, handicrafts, and spices. We roamed the market for about an hour, had fun testing our bargaining skills and bought fried bananas, coconuts, some spices, durians (not to be missed), and mangoes.
The market was full of tourists and some say it's too commercialized now that it had lost some of its original charms. But I still feel it was a good experience. Definitely one of the high points of our visit to Thailand.
There are many "floating markets" in Bangkok but this is the genuine one. You had to wake up vey early to go to this market as it is 2 hours from Bangkok. You can book a tour with any local tour agencies and it should cost you 500 to 600 baht. Normally they start the floating market tour using a long-tail boat to go through the living quarters of the local and if you want to go into the smaller canals where the actual market is, you have to take a sampan. It should cost you about 100 to 150 baht. You can also bargain for the goods with the boatmen. You can slash the price by at least 50%. A good guide would be to go to the night market for a tour first to have a feel of the prices offered. You can try the cooked food at your own risk.
You can do this visit to the floating market to get away from all the bustle of the city. It's colourful and you'll have the opportunity to see Bangkok's surroundings.
It's fun to buy things from one boat to another and interact with the vendors. You can buy almost anything here, exotic fruits, crafts, spices, crafts. It's very colourful! You can go there on your own or join one of the many tours on offer in any Bangkok hotel or tour operator.
I visited here on an organized tour booked through CANARY TRAVEL who are located near Khao San road. The tour I did was for a half day, from 7am - 1pm, and in 2009, cost 400tb, Plus, 150tb for boat ride through the Floating Markets. First of all, we stopped at a canal and took a long - tail boat ride to the Markets. This I found interesting and enjoyable. Next, at the markets, those who wanted to, went by boat through the markets, then, afterwards, had plenty of time to walk along both sides, taking in the different sights and smells. For me, this was a fascinating, interesting market. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
So you've been in Bangkok for a few days and done all your shopping and you feel all shoped out ! Why not take a full day tour to the Famous Floating Markets and to The Rose Gardens .
A 90 km. bus trip out of Bangkok thr tour stops at various attrections like Thailand largest Pagoda at Nakom Pathom,ride the long boats to the markets, lunch at The Rose Gardens, see and the elephants, enjoy the Thai cultural show. Thai boxing, folk dances and the Thai wedding ceremony ,, enjoy
For those who don't like super famous "Damnern Saduak Floating Market" because it's way too touristy and everything seems to be overpriced for foreign visitors. This could be alternative option to experience other floating market.
Buying-selling activities are active only weekends at Talingchan floating market. Located along "Klong BangKhunSri" (BangKhunSri canal .. but some call "Klong Chakphra") This area is full of orchards. Fruits will be sold during weekends here from early morning from 7:00 AM until afternoon around 2:00 PM. There're also local restaurants, stalls, orchid market around.
Sight seeing boat can be hired there. It will take you to see around fruits orchards, orchid farms, etc which will take about 2 hours. Price for adults is about 70 Baht+ and children for 40 Baht+ each.
Or longer trip (3 hours) they will take you to see snake farm, visit famous temple there. Adults 120 Baht+ and children for 60 Baht+
Last option is "dinner tour" which takes you to visit local people there and their houses. Include dinner with host. This would take around 4 hours. Boat leaves at 4:00 PM and comes back around 8:00 PM : Adults 200 Baht +and 100 Baht+ for children. But only with 40 passengers minimum. Advance booking is required.
All these you can contact one of them at the market. Some agencies avatiable there
It is one of the landmarks of Bangkok, and a true "must see activity", but You have to be there early in the morning - 6 am!
You have to pay about 600 THb for a ticket, warning - You can find cheaper tickets but some of them are fakes, a lot of people want to take care of You and show You the right things to do - Ignore them and buy Your tickets at authorized offices.
I think there are a couple ways of taking a bus. One is the hotel that you may saty at, they can set up transpo with a bus. But the usually way is using the floating market tour bus:www.samui-tours.com
Floating Market - Damnern Saduak
110 km south–west of Bangkok is one of the few original Floating Markets that are left in the Bangkok area. The Floating Market at Damnern Saduak is one of the most popular tourist attractions with its many paddle boats from where women are selling flowers, fruit, vegetables, spices, and hot and cold food. The tour takes you by car and boat through the labyrinths of canals to the market, and it also stops at a coconut farm.
06:30 - Pick up tourists from various points.
07:30 - Depart from Bangkok to Damnoen Saduak, visit coconut sugar factory.
09:30 - Arrive at boat landing and take long tail boat to view the way of life of the Thai villagers before heading to the floating market.
11:00 - Visit wood carving centre
12:30 - Lunch at the crocodile farm, thai food will be served.
14:45 - Visit the Rose Garden and see the wonderfully presented show's.
16:00 - Transfers back to hotels.
Prices Adult: 1,250baht Child U12: 1,000baht
This tour may be taken privately if you prefer. To get a quote please fill out the booking form and state that you wish to do a private tour.
Another site is www.bangkok.com/shopping-market/floating-markets.html
this site will give you alternatives to Damnern Saduak that are in and around Bangkok and closer. They are probably cheaper and less crowded with tourists.
I know, choices and more choices!
As far as getting your own driver, sure you can do that. Again, your hotel may be able to help you with that but that can at times be expensive. Sometimes it's easier to just get a taxi driver and negotiate a day or half day rate with them. Just be clear as you can as to what you want and expect, and where and what you want to see. You could try www.travelconnecxion.com for a start as to a driver. Charlie may have an idea or be able to help you.
From what I have heard, and I have not done them all, many of the Bangkok klong and floating market tours are just as good as going to Damnern Saduak, taking into consideration the distance that you have to travel and expense.
Let me know if I can help further.
You've seen it on tv, you've heard about it's charm and you would like to visit it. But, when you finally see it for yourself, you realised that it is all but a show for tourist and it's chaotic. Though i personally find that the floating market an unique attraction but it seemed to be very touristy. There are so many tourist that boats get all jammed up on the water and probably more than half of the people at the floating market are tourist.
If you hate waking up early in the morning and crowds, i suggest you give the floating market a miss. On the other hand, if you are interested in visiting the floating market you can book a half day tour at any travel agents. My suggestion would be to avoid booking your tour at the airport or the hotel as they tend to be pricer. I was quoted 1200 baht to 1400 baht at the travel agency at the airport and at asia hotel but was quoted 600 baht at the travel agency located in the building right beside asia hotel.
In order to avoid the hassle of figuring out buses and such out of Bangkok we booked a half day tour to the floating market at a cost of 600 baht each.
First of all, the market is NOT what is pictured in the postcards. There are few locals selling fresh goods and flowers. Rather its all the usual tourist souvenirs, and a few boats selling coconuts to drink or some food. Overall felt it was mostly tacky, but wasn't complete annoyed with the tour... YET.
Then they said we had the choice to go elephant riding or to see a cobra show. The elephant riding, well we have read to avoid it unless you know how the animals are tamed, to stick to elephant sanctuaries, plus the price was 1200 baht for a ten minute ride so some people on our tour were turned off by that.
Instead we were carted off to the cobra show. As soon as you get off the van they make it seem like the show doesn't run every ten minutes, hurry, hurry they yell! Show is about to start! So you pay 200 baht a ticket without any time to think about it.
The show is a tribute to animal cruelty. Mongoose fighting two cobras in a glass box. A handler making a snake angry so it "jumps" or lunges at him while he holds the tail, and then throws it across the pit. This is the point at which we walked out and tried to get our money back! We had been in there not 4 minutes. The show is almost over we are told. No money back. So we stood at the counter and convinced at least four people to take a miss, so they were down 400 baht, even if they didn't give us our money back.
I think the best bet might be to try to get there yourself, but Bangkok has so many more wonderful things to see and experience, this tourist trap should be avoided.
Finally we were headed home in the van and they tell us we are stopping at a government run gem factory, and that the factory will provide our transportation back to our respective hotels. Basically the tuk tuk scam! We managed to find out we were relatively near the end of the BTS line, so we hailed a taxi and for 60 baht made it to the BTS and took the sky train back to our hostel.
We have had so many great experiences in Bangkok, it is totally worth a visit, but I would recommnend avoiding this "todo".
Damnoensaduak is believed to be one of a well-known and an attractive travelling sites. Historically, Damnoenssaduak was actually the name of the canal dug in the reign of King Rama IV by the military men and the people of Rajburi, Samutsakorn and Samutsongkram Province directed by Phayasrisuriyawong, the minister of Defence. In those days without rivers and canals, transportation was almost motionless; King Rama IV with his great concern over the country's future economic growth, he finally had the canal dug to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maklong River in Samutsongkram Province together.
Nowadays Damnoensaduak is one of a provincial district of Rajburi Province. Most people live densely along both sides of the canal from one end of the canal to another.The majority of this people are agriculturists.
They grow several different kinds of fruit and vegetable for examples oranges, grapes, papayas, cabbages, bean, onion and etc. The land in this area is naturally fertile.
Apart from providing transportation, Damnoensaduak Canal also provides farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes for the whole year around. More than 200 small canals were dug by local peasants to connect with it to get water to splatter their land. Moreover; these small canals also become protitiouus ways of taking their agricultural products to the markets in neighbouring provinces and Bangkok.
Day in and day out from about 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m. the Floating Market is routinely crowded with hundrreds of vendors and purchasers floating in their small rowing boats selling and buying or exchanging their goods. What they purchase are particularly food, fruit and vegetable which mostly brought from their own orchards.
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They usually travel on their small rowing boats. however; today the long-tailed boats pushing by engine become very popular. People tend to use them instead. Anyhow because of the shortage of fuel today long-tailed boats are quite unavailable compared to a few years ago.
Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi about 110 kilometres south of Bangkok or approximately 2 hours drive depends on trafic conditions..About 2 hours by car outside Bangkok city center
How to Get There
By Bus: There are public buses both air and non air-conditioned leaving from the Southern Bus Terminal. Pinklao-Nakhonchaisi Rd. for Damnoen Saduak every 40 minutes from 06.00 hrs. onwards. Fare is around Baht 49 (one way) for air-conditioned (tel . 435-5031) and Baht 30 for normal buses (tel. 434-5558). The most suitable time to be at the market is from 08.00-10.00 hrs.
By Car: From Bangkok you can take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Rd.) and turn left at Km. 80 for another 25 kms. along Bangpae-Damnoen Saduak Rd.
Arriving at Damnoen Saduak, you can either walk on the passage along the canal on the right hand side or take a both at the pier nearby to Floating Market area at the price of Baht 100 per person.
About 80kms out of Bangkok, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Markets are well worth going to. We joined a fairly reasonably priced half day tour out of Khao San road as that was the easiest way to get there. Once we arrived, we were put into longtail boats with a man up the front with a paddle, handed hats and umbrellas (as it was raining) and we were on our way. At first we thought that we were in the wrong place as we were paddling down some very empty (but peaceful) canals for around 15 minutes without any markets in sight, but then we turned a corner and the markets were there in front of us. They were just as we expected except without the amount of tourists we thought would be there (perhaps put off by the rain). There were boats selling their wares and food and it was exciting to be able to purchase and bargain for something from a boat. After we had done a little tour in the boat we were allowed to explore the markets on foot for 2 hours before having to return back to the car to go back to Bangkok.
Items for sale at the markets ranged from clothes, shoes, bags, pashminas, table runners, bed covers, tiger balm, general touristy stuff and delicious local food all cooked when ordered. Yum! We were hard pressed to make a decision on what to eat there was that much to choose from! Examples are fresh fruit, fried bananas, noodles, noodle soups and pancakes.
All in all a great morning that has turned out to be a highlight of going to Bangkok.